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Thrifted Fashion: Flowers For You

Thrifted Fashion: Flowers For You

Springtime means that everything is in bloom, and what better way to celebrate a new season than by using flowers as inspiration. With their infinite variety, delicate details, and exquisite colors, flowers never go out of style.If you joined me live on Facebook last...

Easy DIY Inspiration for Easter

Easy DIY Inspiration for Easter

I had so much fun sharing Easter treasures from my collection last week! Watch this video to see vintage eggs and postcard art to craft for gifts or decor. See handmade bunnies with pearl button eyes and ideas for creating cards and tags with holiday printable art I...

Women’s History Month – Mary Brooks Picken

Women’s History Month – Mary Brooks Picken

Women’s History Month seemed like a perfect time to celebrate the work of my muse, Mary Brooks Picken! You may know the story of Mary founding the Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences, which I shared in my book Vintage Notions. But did you know, Mary was...

Vintage Notions Monthly Club: March

Vintage Notions Monthly Club: March

Thanks for joining me in my third installment of our monthly club, where we are revisiting my Vintage Notions Monthly magazine issues. This is the cover of the third issue of 24 in the series.The March issue is focused on change and looking forward from the editor's...

Vintage Notions Monthly Club: February

Vintage Notions Monthly Club: February

Thanks for joining me in my second installment of our monthly club, where we are revisiting our second issue of the Vintage Notions Monthly magazine issues. The timeless wisdom and inspiration that are found in the pages are a joy to explore. I filmed this video...

Vintage Notions Book Club: A Fresh Start

Vintage Notions Book Club: A Fresh Start

  The theme that resonated most with me in the January Chapter was that do-overs are allowed, and that our happiness is not contingent on getting things right the first time. I believe it is the process that is important. With January resolutions we have a chance...

New Year’s Inspiration For You

New Year’s Inspiration For You

Excerpt from the New Year's letter to the students of the Woman's Institute, Inspiration Newsletter, January 1922 As many of you know, I am an obsessive collector of vintage fashion and sewing content. The above excerpt is from my collection of Woman's Institute...

My Pearl Button Adventure!

My Pearl Button Adventure!

  "Meet "Gus"! This is the Mississippi Harvest statue that sits on the banks of the Mississippi in Muscatine, Iowa. Gus is standing in a small boat with a pair of large tongs and mussels at his feet. Muscatine is known as the Pearl Button Capitol of the World....

Menswear Art & Upcycling!

Menswear Art & Upcycling!

How about some ideas for Father's Day Cards and Gifts! Watch the video below I created to showcase the men's fashion images we have for sale as downloads in the Image Library on this site, as well as ideas for upcycling shirts into aprons from my Vintage Notions book....

Amelia Earhart’s Sewing Box!

Amelia Earhart’s Sewing Box!

Did you know Amelia Earhart always took her sewing box with her on long flights? I didn't either until I read this the article, What Women Can Do for Aviation in the May 1930 issue of NEEDLECRAFT, the Magazine of Home Arts. Upon further research, I recently learned...

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